25 percent lower costs for carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CRFP), 50 percent reduction in CFRP embodied energy, and 80 percent CRFP recyclability into useful products: These are the technical goals for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) in Knoxville, Tennessee, which is a part of the Manufacturing USA network. With a 4,000 US ton hydraulic compression press by Schuler, IACMI is expanding a research and development vehicle scale up facility in Detroit, Michigan. The facility is operated by Michigan State University on behalf of IACMI. IACMI Charter Member The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is also providing financial support for the equipment purchase and infrastructure improvements.
The global market situation for sheet metal manufacturing has changed significantly in the last few years. Today’s challenges are the constantly changing lot sizes, a higher number of individual assembly requests, the ever increasing quality requirements and a wider range of materials and thicknesses to process. Additionally, in order to stay relevant on the market, these challenges must be faced quickly and at the lowest price possible.
Production technologies are the source for innovation, differentiation, ensuring the final clients’ loyalty and facilitating the capacity to acquire new clients for the customers. AMADA not only creates machines but also answers specific needs by delivering “tailor-made” solutions. At EuroBLECH 2016 and worldwide, they strive to help customers face their economic challenges.
The bending in general and, more specifically, the panel bending, is nowadays a central topic since improving efficiency downstream from the cutting process plays a fundamental role in improving productivity. Salvagnini is aware of this and as usual has come up with a timely response in the shape of the innovative P2lean panel bender. Once…